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Daily Archives: February 15, 2017

It’s an inevitable declaration in any conversation about the Academy Awards: “I hated it when they gave an Oscar to….” (insert undeserving film/director/actor). And why not? The Academy of Motion Picture Arts has shown alarmingly poor taste when it comes to celebrating films. This is, after all, the organization that doled out its highest honor to “Slumdog Millionaire,” Danny Boyle’s… Read more »

15 February 2017 | Features, Other Lists

Roman Polanski’s 1968 film Rosemary’s Baby is a product of a time of not only social upheaval in the United States, but one of massive artistic upheaval as well. Based on the 1967 novel of the same name by Ira Levin, the film came about during a time when American cinema was undergoing a period of modernization marked by a… Read more »

15 February 2017 | Features, Other Lists

This article may contain spoilers. In his twenty years as a film director, Denis Villeneuve has won dozens of awards and been nominated for dozens more. With the eagerly awaited upcoming release of Blade Runner 2049, and having just signed on to direct a new feature film adaptation of Frank Herbert’s classic novel Dune, Villeneuve is poised to enjoy the… Read more »

15 February 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Steven Spielberg’s 1998 epic war drama “Saving Private Ryan” is known as a film that shakes its audience by using editing and storytelling in a realistic way. It sucks you into the battlefield with great performances from a stellar cast, yet it also shows you hope within the savagery of war. Written by Robert Rodat, “Saving Private Ryan” details one… Read more »

15 February 2017 | Features, Film Lists

If you were to ask someone their definition of an emotionally harrowing film, chances are you’d get some different answers. Many would point out obvious tearjerkers like Broken Circle Breakdown while others would give a shout out to realistic depictions of relationships gone astray like, say, Scenes From a Marriage or Blue Valentine. None of these answers are wrong, really…. Read more »

15 February 2017 | Features, Film Lists